Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 1

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The annual LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is now entering its eighth successive year and has seemingly included miniature versions of almost every vehicle from throughout the entire saga, as well as an excellent selection of minifigures.

Nevertheless, my anticipation for the 2018 set has not abated. This calendar has more material from which to draw inspiration than its many predecessors, potentially encompassing Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Let's find out whether our first gift is based upon either of those sources...

In fact, we are beginning on Tatooine, the very first planet to appear in Star Wars, with Luke Skywalker's X-34 Landspeeder! A similar model previously appeared in 75056 Star Wars Advent Calendar from 2014 but that does not bother me as this updated model is even more impressive than the previous rendition. For instance, the engines now include dark red air intakes and the left nacelle exhibits more wear than the others, matching the source material perfectly.

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The dark tan seats are also new and they look fantastic, making clever use of a 1x2 panel. Furthermore, the light bluish grey band around the nose, representing the repulsor vents, looks magnificent and I like the trans-black windscreen, although a single 1x2 slope would have been preferable to two 1x1 slopes.

Overall - 4.5 - The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is off to an excellent start! New vehicles are often more appealing than those which have come before but I am pleased to see Luke's Landspeeder return.

 

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16 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

I still do not get why lego doesn't produce transparent 1x2 cheese slopes

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By in Ireland,

As part of my Christmas present I received my my first ever Advent LEGO set from my brother and his wife. I must say I enjoy both the concept and indeed this build. I can't wait for tomorrow! Thanks for the daily postings too.

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By in Sweden,

Although I own the city calendar I got to say the Star Wars one seems fairly good as well this year, this particular build was quite beautiful and offers loads of playability

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By in United Kingdom,

Opted for the Friends advent this year for the ornaments, after being let down by the Star Wars ones in the past.
But I must say this is a fine model indeed... please don't make me regret my choice!

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By in United States,

Love this model! That 2x3 Plate with one hole in tan on the front is really rare!

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By in United States,

Cool design. Hope the good designs keep up. Also good review.

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By in France,

A great start indeed. For such a small piece count the rendition is excellent IMO

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By in United States,

@allthenamesaretaken:
I got an early start with five copies of the original bauble 3-pack...and haven't really put them to use. I've raided one or two copies for some of the parts, but I know I haven't opened every copy yet. And aside from building the three models in the first copy, I don't think I've used more than one of the spare baubles.

I do buy all of the new baubles they release, and while I missed out on at least the first year of Pick-A-Bauble, I did pack a few of my own in subsequent years before they stopped offering them.

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By in United States,

@TWP: It's because of the different plastics LEGO uses for solid and transparent parts. Solid-colored parts usually use ABS, which starts out as milky white granulate before adding dye. Transparent parts, and also some solid-colored parts that need a material with different properties, usually use polycarbonate, which starts out as transparent granulate before adding dye.

Even if in many cases there are no obvious differences in the shape of finished parts whether they're molded in polycarbonate, ABS, or another material entirely, the steel molds themselves have to be designed differently to account for the different material properties of the type of plastic they'll be used for. Right now LEGO has different versions of the 1x1 cheese slope mold for using ABS or PC, but the only version of the 1x2 cheese slope mold they have currently is designed to use ABS. And I guess the people in charge of deciding which new molds to introduce for each theme just consider other stuff a higher priority than on making a transparent version of the 1x2 cheese slope.

@allthenamesweretaken: That's a really cool idea and it's cool to hear you have such a unique advent calendar tradition to share with your family!

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By in Australia,

Wait... is that you, Purple Dave?!

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By in United States,

@TWP & Aanchir:
To add to that, different plastics have different shrink factors when the parts cool during the molding process. So, if you mold two parts in a mold that's exactly 1" across, an ABS part will come out about 0.9965" across, while polycarbonate should end up 0.993". In some applications that may not be a critical issue, but with the tight tolerances required of LEGO parts it would cause no end of headaches. Additionally, different plastics probably compress to different degrees after they're molded. I don't have any numbers on this, but I suspect ABS is able to compress more than PC. This would certainly explain they issue they had 10-20 years ago with transparent bars inserted into transparent cones feeling like they were welded together when you try to separate them.

@Baby Yoda:
As far as I'm aware, I'm still me.

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By in Canada,

@Purple Dave are you the same Purple Dave who's comments I read over at New Elementary?

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By in United States,

@allthenamesaretaken:
Not remotely where I expected this to go, but yes. It's not unheard of for people to post on multiple sites.

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By in France,

Shouldn't this Landspeeder be Nougat instead of this ugly Tan... Really don't like it because of that.

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